Robert Schrader in Texas

The Colors of Texas in Spring

March is my favorite month of the year here in Texas, and my friend Megan is one of my favorite people in general. So, when she asked me to come on a hike with her at McKinney Roughs Nature Park outside of Austin yesterday, forecast to be the best day in March so far, I couldn’t say no.

A gifted naturalist (not to be confused with “naturist,” you dirty person!), Megan is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the plants and animals of Texas, a trait made all the more astounding by the fact that she has a heart as golden as the fields of mustard that blaze in the Texas spring. Megan’s friend Carla, who is also a flippin’ genius when it comes to central Texas wildlife, joined us as well.

As the three of us traipsed through the countryside yesterday, we came upon a veritable rainbow of red cardinals, orange Indian Paintbrush, green leaves and underbrush, wild blue and indigo Texas bluebonnets and purple phlox. I felt lucky not only to be at home in Texas during this beautiful time of year, but to have the privilege of exploring the natural beauty of the Lone Star State with such amazing people beside me.

If your only image of Texas is the deserts and cowboys of western films, it might surprise you to learn how lush and colorful Texas is in the spring. I invite you to enjoy these photos of my beautiful Texas spring day. I hope they inspire you to make a visit to the Lone Star state next time you’re in the southern U.S. and also, to take a hike around wherever it is that you live during this amazing time of year. Sometimes, the normal can become novel when you least expect it!

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Randell August 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I only have seen Texas in spring in pictures up to now and it surely looks amazing. While there is a certain charm to the dryness and the brown-ess of the summer, it certainly is alluring with all the colors you shared here. Hopefully our next stay at the Emerald Beach Hotel will be during spring. Love to explore Texas and have a different perspective from what am used to.

Robert Schrader August 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

Thanks for the comment!

Erica April 16, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Going to Austin in mid May and McKinney is definitely on my list! Do you know if flowers are still in bloom at that time?

Robert Schrader May 2, 2016 at 7:01 am

Many flowers are in bloom, but not Bluebonnets or Indian Paintbrush, unfortunately.

Erica May 3, 2016 at 8:59 am


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